Remembering Gordon Sakamoto

You might not have known Gordon Sakamoto personally, but you knew what he did.

As wire-service chief in the Bay Area and then Honolulu, he was responsible for spreading the news worldwide in a pre-internet era.

While Gordon ran the wire bureaus during the day and often into the late night — it was always deadline somewhere in the world — he also covered UH sporting events, notably basketball and football. He kept meticulous notes in Hallmark-perfect block print. Such diligence was helpful in retirement from the news business, when he served as an area scout for NBA teams.

Gordon loved his wife and sons, good food, smooth scotch, sports and live jazz. (It was convenient that one of his best friends, Jimmy Borges, was one of Hawaii’s finest jazz singers.)

Gordon also was a man of decency. When the Associated Press was going to cut staff, he decided to retire to save other people’s jobs. That gesture reflected his journalistic ethos: Get it right.

Statistically, there will be others like Gordon. But we’ll miss the original. Deepest condolences to his wife and sons.


  1. wafan November 9, 2017 12:04 pm

    Aloha, Gordon Sakamoto!

  2. wafan November 9, 2017 12:05 pm

    2nd, too!

  3. JesseJames November 9, 2017 2:14 pm

    Condolences tothe Sakamoto family…

  4. cappie the dog November 9, 2017 2:32 pm

    Sorry to hear about Gordon Sakamoto.

  5. turfwar November 9, 2017 3:18 pm

    How many Japanese Americans were ever an NBA scout ? I would have loved his job.

  6. Akamai Okole November 9, 2017 3:40 pm

    Aloha to the Sakamoto Ohana

  7. Brian McInnis November 9, 2017 4:55 pm

    Gordon was a mentor for me as a freelance writer just out of college. Later, it was great seeing him at UH basketball games along the baseline, where he’d keep a watchful eye. Those appearances grew fewer in recent years but I took heart knowing he still followed the team. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing.

  8. cappie the dog November 9, 2017 5:10 pm


  9. Cindy Luis November 9, 2017 6:11 pm

    Enjoyed the many times we shared the press table at UH and other college basketball games and our chats when the AP bureau was just down the hall from the Star-Bulletin in the old News Building.
    A consumate journalist and man of integrity. Condolences to Kyle and family.

  10. Governor November 9, 2017 8:10 pm

    Change the offense.

  11. Governor November 9, 2017 8:12 pm

    Change the offense to power l

  12. Old School Dave November 9, 2017 9:01 pm

    Condolences to the Sakamoto family. Rest in Peace, Mr. Sakamoto. He sounded like the type of person/mentor who told you stories that made you go: “Naaah…. for real?”

  13. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2017 9:46 pm

    For those who had questions, yes, Sayles is no longer with the team.
    And, yes, it’s because of physical ailments.

  14. DaveLetterMan November 10, 2017 5:09 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Thanks for the clarification ST!

  15. Keith Kosaki November 10, 2017 6:07 am

    I owe a huge thank you to Gordon Sakamoto for my (brief) journalism career. I had the pleasure of working alongside him for over a year and he helped me land my first actual paying job. I always appreciated his professional advice and his story-telling. I never knew what he saw in me to be so helpful but I’m so glad he did.

  16. Stephen Tsai November 10, 2017 7:35 am

    New post:

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